But several accountants interviewed said it's unlikely that Mickelson is actually paying a rate above 60 percent. With even the most basic tax planning, they said, his real rate is most likely closer to 50 percent.
After his comments turned into a rare off-course controversy for Mickelson, he apologized for his comments, but he didn't back away from his numbers. "Finances and taxes are a personal matter and I should not have made my opinions on them public," he said today in a statement. "I apologize to those I have upset or insulted and assure you I intend to not let it happen again."
But let's consider those numbers.